Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916
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Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916
The new Steel Bridge under construction in Portland, Oregon.
View of the first Steel Bridge across the Willamette River. The Union Station clock tower is visible behind the bridge.
Photograph looking towards to the west, showing a barge and tug boat on the Willamette River. The Hawthorne Bridge is visible to the right, and numerous buildings along the waterfront can be seen. Written on the negative is "50-471."
Photograph showing a barge and small boat on the Willamette River in Portland. In the distance, the Hawthorne bridge can be seen. Written on the back of the barge is "Portland General Electric Co. Barge no. 14, Portland Ore." To the right of the barge is wooden dock structure. Written on the negative is "49-298."
Photograph taken at NE 90th Ave. and Glisan St. showing a recently constructed “Villa Avenue” bridge (which has been been removed). Across the dirt road, wooden structures can be seen in the distance.
Photograph taken from a side angle showing a ferry at Hayden Island on the Columbia River, which appears to be behind a wooden dock. On the ferry is a sign with “City of Vancouver” written on it. Wooden pillars can be seen in the water in front of the ferry, and a bridge is in the distant background ((likely the Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge 5.1).
Photograph showing a ferry at Hayden Island, with a dirt road leading to a loading dock for automobiles and horse-drawn carts. On the ferry is a sign with “City of Vancouver” written on it. The Columbia River can be seen behind the ferry, as well as a metal bridge spanning the water (likely the Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge 9.6).
Photograph of unidentified bridge crossing body of water, with shoreline visible at right side of image. Taken from a straight vantage point looking down the tracks, a train can be seen in the distance, as well as numerous wooden buildings and electric lines. Likely the same bridge shown in PGE 132-1.
Photograph of an unidentified trestle bridge crossing a body of shallow water. A train track runs over the bridge. Possibly same bridge as PGE 132-2, identified as running over the Oregon Slough via the Vancouver line.
Photograph showing two cars on a railway trestle bridge, with the Alice Druhot house visible in the background (1903 SW Cable Street). People sit and stand in the cars while looking at the camera. Behind the trains, dirt hills are visible, with very little foliage. On the side of each train is written “Portland Cable Railway Co” and “Post Office – Court House.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).
Photograph taken at Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) of hog fuel being unloaded via a derrick from a barge on the Willamette River. The Hawthorne bridge can be seen in the distance, as well as other boats. One person stands on the barge watching a crate being lifted onto the dock.
Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.
Portland General Electric Company